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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

BONUS: This edition contains a reading guide and an interview with Jean M. Auel.
 
In this, the extraordinary conclusion of the ice-age epic series, Earth’s Children®, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and begins arduous training tasks.
 
Whatever obstacles she faces, Ayla finds inventive ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life, searching for wild edibles to make meals and experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandonii must take while honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And there are the Sacred Caves that Ayla’s mentor takes her to see. They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla.
 
But all the time Ayla has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. The rituals themselves bring her close to death, but through them Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change her world.
 
Sixth in the acclaimed Earth’s Children® series.

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    Land of painted caves

    Too much repetition of previous material and I skimmed over a lot of it

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    Booooooring

    Don't buy it unless you're willing to skip a lot of pages. Nothing new very repetitive. The last volume worth of reading is The Mammoth Hunters.

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    The land of painted caves

    To many repeats of former books. Very disappointed in this book. Will not read it again.

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    Poor finish to series.

    Very disappointed. Felt like it ws written by somene else. Person. /char changed. Wsh i nvr read it.

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    History or Harlequin romance?

    Always well researched but this book repeated too much from previous books in this. Character development for Ayla @Jondalar lacking considering the scope of this series. The ending felt absurd and contrived. Overall it remains a very good series.

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